Some security operatives attached to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, are lamenting the stoppage of their special allowance referred to as the Risk Cautious Allowance. All the security agents enjoyed the allowance up until March, 2015, under former President Goodluck Jonathan, while his administration left those of April and May, 2015, unpaid.
The security officers who include those of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Fire Service among others, say they have not been paid the monthly allowance since May 2015 when the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board despite repeated promises made to them on the issue.
This has resulted in heavy debts and burdens for the security officers who say they have not been able to meet their various financial obligations because of the development. Authorities of the Presidential Villa however have kept on introducing additional security measures which further tasked them daily.
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An Aso Villa policeman even claims that some policemen, who could no longer afford increasing transport fares, had converted their beats to temporary homes due to the non-payment of their allowance.
The security operatives say they were feeling the brunt of the non-payment of the allowance more because most of them were junior officers who collected far less than N50,000 monthly as salary, adding that it is unfair for the authorities to remain silent in the face of the growing disquiet over the issue.
In the past, senior officers were said to be receiving about N30,000 per month as their special allowance while junior officers got about N25,000.
According to them after prior complaints, the closest response they had gotten from the authorities was when the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, directed all operatives in the Presidential Villa to fill some forms running into about five pages.
They pleaded for the authorities to address the security operatives on efforts being made to pay them and when the payment would eventually be done.